Officials of the Forestry Services along with the Police, acting on information received, on Monday April 16, 2018, confiscated some wildlife meat.
Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Transformation, Forestry & Fisheries said on its Facebook page that the meat of Agouti (Daspiproctor agouti) was initially advertised for sale, an investigation was done and the meat was discovered at a residence in the Upper Cane Hall (Bom Bom) area.
A young man, of the same area was reprimanded and the weapon used was confiscated by the Forestry Services.
The closed season for Mammals such as Opossum (Manicou), Agouti and Armadillo (Tatoo) and; Reptiles including Iguana is February1 – September 30.
Therefore, any person who hunts, or is a member of a party engaged in hunting any protected wildlife, takes or disturbs the egg, or young of any protected wildlife, damages or destroys the nest, or young of any protected wildlife, has in his possession or control any protected wildlife or part thereof, exposes or offers for sale or purchase any protected wildlife or any part thereof, or the egg, or young thereof, is guilty of an offence.
Such a person or persons would be liable to a fine of two thousand dollars and in the case of a second or subsequent offence, to a fine of four thousand dollars and imprisonment for one year according to the Wildlife Protection Act Chapter 55, Section 17.